Historic Preservation Awards Salute Oregon Structures, Some Saved From Wrecking Ball

People who revitalize historic buildings are honored by the preservation organization Restore Oregon for the impact of their improvements on their communities.

Beneficiaries of the coveted 2021 DeMuro Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation demonstrated how restoring and updating architectural and cultural sites can create affordable housing, incubate new businesses, and fight climate change through reuse, says Nicole Possert, executive director of Restore Oregon.

The 11 teams of architects, engineers, designers, contractors, developers, landowners, community leaders and volunteers selected for the award have restored viability to commercial buildings as well as homes, a pioneer doctor closed to a treehouse type retreat by the sea.

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Here are the 2021 DeMuro Award winners selected for their extraordinary design, craftsmanship, creative problem solving and community impact:

For a decade, a group of volunteers raised funds and planned the preservation and rehabilitation of the former home of the community’s first physician, Charles Caples.

The deterioration, on two levels, Neoclassical farmhouse was raised from the ground and a new stable concrete foundation was installed. The porch has been rebuilt, the lead paint removed and the dry rot eliminated.

The property, which includes renovated stand buildings, gardens and a gazebo, overlooks the Columbia River and is open to the public as a Caples House Museum and Knapp Social Center.

The project team included Oregon State Society Daughters of the American Revolution, BK Engineers, Arciform, City of St. Helens, Columbia County Planning & Building Department, Columbia County Public Works, Fresh Paint, Armac, OXBO Mega Transport, Clackamas Electric and EC Stonework & Masonry

The two floors commercial buildinglisted on the National Register of Historic Places, originally housed a confectionery followed by a variety of restaurants, including the Golden Mushroom and Toadstool Lounge in the 1970s. Then it sat empty for years.

The renovated structure is now the city’s premier food hall, Fork Forty, on the ground floor with five restored apartments on the second floor and entertainment businesses in the basement.

The project team included FXG Construction, Design-Build by FXG, City of Salem, Ronald James Ped Architect, Gralund Engineering and Pallay Apartments

The profitable renovation of the National register-the listed building honored historic character while adding affordable housing for 173 veterans and low-income residents.

The six-story downtown structure is now the tallest earthquake-resistant reinforced masonry building in the city.

The project team included SERA Architects, Central City ConcernKlosh Group, Humber Design Group, Geodesign, KPFF, Global Transportation Engineering, Colas, Allegion, RDH Building Sciences, Hunter-Davisson, HK Electrical Engineers, Patriot Fire Protection, Imagine Energy, Piper Mechanical, Hennebery Eddy Architects, Meritus Consulting, A+ Menuiserie Finishing, Allied Window, American Direct, Artic Sheet Metal, Civic Construction, Kone, MCG Commercial, Merit Electric, Mt. Hood Steel & Wood, Paulson’s Floor Covering, Pella Windows & Doors, Pioneer Waterproofing Co., Renko NW, Schonert & Associates, Whitaker Ellis, Versatile Wood Products, VPI Quality Windows, McDonald & Wetle, Safeguard Industries and Sign Wizards

The stucco and brick building, originally called the Pallay Apartmentsis one of the first examples of “apartment buildings”, built for the population boom caused by the city’s biggest promotional campaign, the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition of 1905.

The renovated three-story structure, designed around a central courtyard in the Buckman neighborhood, provides affordable and safe housing for women impacted by homelessness or other trauma.

Historically Sensitive Updates to the Building registered in the national register included reconfiguring community gathering areas and increasing ADA accessibility as well as a full seismic upgrade.

The original elements have been restored such as the main staircase, the Murphy bed alcoves and the cast iron radiators.

Project team included Jones Architecture, REACH Community DevelopmentFrœlich Engineers, LMC construction, Shapiro Didway’s Landscape ArchitectureMeritus Property Group, Paulson’s Floor Coverings, Imperial Cabinets and Millwork, Andersen Mechanical, Jet Industries and Commercial Plumbing Consulting & Design

Operating continuously for 110 years as a car dealership and repair shop, the four-story building is the last remnant of Automatic line on West Burnside Street.

A 1952 remodel added squares of green structural glass to modernize the facade. Historians believe it to be the largest Vitrolite glass installation in Oregon and possibly the United States.

The project team included Hennebery Eddy Architects, Fisher Family, kpff, R&H Construction, Lango Hanson Landscape Architects, Interface Engineering and the City of Portland

The original sanctuary of Former Church of the Madeleine in the Alameda-Irvington neighborhood was brought up to building code while preserving and restoring its historic character.

Structural upgrades and modern systems, such as high-efficiency heating and air conditioning, were concealed in the space out used for events, from weddings to recitals.

The original woodwork and stained glass have been restored. The 1930s accent wall, which had been repainted, has been recreated down to the gold leaf details.

The project team included Carleton Hart Architecture, The Madeleine Parish, TM Rippey Consulting Engineers, Humber Design Group, H&A Construction, House of George and MFIA

Carlton’s first auto repair garage was used by a logging company and a glove manufacturing company as well as a winery production plant. Now the revamped office space showcases the heavy wood arch trusses and open floor plan.

The renovation of the unreinforced masonry building has inspired other downtown improvements and generated new economic opportunities for the area, according to Restore Oregon.

The project team included Schommer & Sons Construction, Waterleaf Architects, Applied Insights Oregon, WDY Structural-Civil Engineers, PAE Consulting Engineers, Schommer & Sons Construction, Luma Lighting Design, Concrete Sawing Company, River City Rebar, Larusso Concrete, DB Steel , Anderson Roofing , Total Mechanical, Farnham Electric, Viking Fire, The Harver Company, Schonert & Associates, TT&L Sheet Metal, Door Solutions, Chown Hardware, Artek, Bratton Masonry, Culver Glass, Aspen Creek, Isolation Contractors, Toughstuff Industrial Floors, Benchmark Contracting, Sierra Pacific, BASCO, Carson Oil, Metro Overhead Door, OCD Automation, Paulson’s Commercial Flooring, Schiller & Vroman, Cache Valley Electric and Sign Wizards

Premier Gear’s disjointed machinery parts factory – a handful of structures spread across a block in Slabtown – has been transformed into a unified office space.

Original features of the solid wood construction include sawtooth skylights, hoists, jibs and crane tracks. A cohesive exterior has been created with new entrances and windows as well as an added second level and a large covered terrace.

The project team included LRS Architects, Sturgeon Development Partners, Catena Consulting Engineers, Lorentz Bruun Construction, Shapiro|Didway, American Heating Inc., Christenson Electric, Rayborn’s Plumbing Inc., Blackstone Fire Protection, Humber Design Group and GRI

Named after Mary Noble, one of Portland’s first female developers, the two-story building on a corner of the Foster-Powell neighborhood has been neglected for more than 90 years.

The facade has been restored, building systems have been improved and interior spaces refreshed now host small emerging businesses that reflect the diversity of the neighborhood.

Project team included EMA architectureFor Mrs. Noble, Grummel Engineering and Joseph Hughes Construction

The former Post Office Employees’ Savings Bank, with its undulating laminated beams and contrasting stained glass windows, is an excellent example of a well-restored mid-century modern bank.

In 2000, the desperate, white-painted mass of Buckman’s neighborhood was easy to ignore. Multnomah County used it as an office for its corrections department. Barbed wire over old high-pressure fences and other troublesome barriers concealed the faded coolness factor of the site.

In 2018, new owners, including Jenelle Isaacson, founder of Living room real estatestepped in and spent over a year executing a thoughtful rehabilitation of the International Style building. Read more

Project team included SUM Design Studio + Architecture, Deform NW, Design S. BairdMedium LA, Meritus Property Group, Plum Painting, Viking Electric, Arjae, Classique Floors + Tile, Planes of Reference, Ambient Automation, Kruse, Ground Up Services, Klutch, Budget Blinds, ACT Window Films, Speedy Glass, Oregon Concepts, The Bamboo Man, AZ Tech and Fieldwork

A seaside structure, similar to a tree house, hovering above the forest floor on several poles, had been degraded by water intrusion and time.

The original woodwork of the timber-framed retreat has been restored and insulation has been added without disturbing the existing proportions or sight lines.

Project team included Beebe Skidmore Architects and Hoffman Taylor Construction

— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

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